Like most automakers, Mercedes-Benz has big plans for electric vehicles. That said, those plans include a battery-electric variant of the iconic G Class. Such plans were confirmed Thursday by a Daimler executive.
Daimler CEO Ola Källenius spoke at the Automobilwoche Kongress in Berlin, where the top executive commented on the G Class beyond just the electric version.
“There will be a zero-emission EV version of the Mercedes-Benz G-Class. In the past there were discussions whether we should eliminate the model, the way I see things now I’d say the last Mercedes to be built will be a G-Class,” Källenius stated to the group, according to a Daimler spokesperson.
Motor Authority first reported the tweet by Daimler.
There’s a couple things to unpack there. First the explicit confirmation of an electric G-Wagon and the second is a public acknowledgement that Mercedes apparently considered dropping the G Class at some point.
Thus far Mercedes has not offered any details surrounding the electric G Class. One can assume its name will be EQG or similar, given Mercedes’ nomenclature for electric vehicles It is also expected the G Class will eventually offer a plug-in hybrid version, which could have the AMG badge on it.
A plug-in hybrid is far more likely to happen sooner than the electric version, the timing of which is still unknown.